Kia ora! It’s been, yet again, a minute. In lieu of actually brand-spanking new content, here’s a round-up of my book reviews on RNZ throughout 2021. Yes, it’s the year I got back into the Unity Books radio reviewage chair, and this time around it was all RNZ, all the time, none of the regional talk radio ones of yesteryear.
At some point I think I might gather together all my notes from the reviews and post them, because I think there’s something a little interesting about seeing the thoughts on the page and then what actually comes out of one’s mouth when the mic is hot and it’s time to go.
But because I like data crunching, here are a few observations:
9/10 books were written by women
3/10 books were targeted at younger readers (1 YA, 2 middle grade)
10/10 books were fiction (whoops)
5/10 books were written by women of colour
4/10 books were written by British authors
1/10 books was originally written in another language and translated (The Country of Others)
1/10 reviews was under 3 minutes
1/10 reviews was over 6 minutes
The average length of a review was 4 minutes, 46 seconds
4/10 books were published by Faber & Faber (unintentional!)
1/10 books was written by a New Zealander (but published by the Australian branch of an international publisher)
This last point is particularly interesting to me, because I’m a massive supporter and reader of local publications. However, by the nature of the RNZ reviewing system, most local content is divvied out to a different batch of reviewers than those of us bookstore-representing cowboys. So oftentimes I’d think YES, I want to review that one! only to discover that it had already been reviewed or was already on the review schedule.
Anyway, that’s a round-up of sorts for your reading and listening pleasure. Enjoy!